Advisory Committee

Alexander R. Hover

MD, FACP, AGAF - Advisory Committee Chair


Following school at St. Louis University Medical School, I served in the USAFMC until 1984. I served as a gastroenterologist and medical director for Mercy Springfield quality and patient safety for 20 years until 2009 when I became Senior Vice President for Clinical Excellence for Mercy Health Springfield Communities. As vice president, my accountability included Healthcare Quality, Safety, Regulatory response, Accreditation, Medical Staff Services, Infection Prevention, Lean Transformation, Medical Library Services, Institutional Review Board, patient complaints and grievance. I served as co-chair of the Quality and Safety Committee of the Health System Board for Mercy Health Springfield and served on the Ministry Quality and Safety Committee of the Board. I retired January 1st 2017 from the SVP position and returned to clinical practice as a “non invasive gastroenterologist”. I have many interests, including published research in gastroenterology, hemochromatosis and healthcare quality improvement and patient Safety. In addition to population research on Hemochromatosis, I’ve also served on an Expert Panel for the Centers for Disease Control on Hereditary Hemochromatosis. I have supported community public health programs including publication of research on interventional programs for cessation of teen drinking and driving. I am a Fellow in both the American College of Physicians and the American Gastroenterological Association.


James A. Schell

M.D., M.H.A., F.A.C.P.


Dr. Schell served Saint Francis Medical Center as Vice President – Medical Affairs from March 2008 until his retirement in October 2015. Saint Francis Medical Center is a 320 bed acute care facility in Cape Girardeau, MO. It provides tertiary health care services to a population of 600,000 in five states. As Vice President – Medical Affairs, Dr. Schell was principally responsible for quality assurance, case management, quality improvement, physician practice management, and physician recruitment. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Schell served as Regional Medical Director, Central Region for United Health Group, a Fortune 100 healthcare company. From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Schell served as Medical Director of DePaul Heath Center, a 450 bed acute care facility in the SSM Health Care system located in west St. Louis County. Dr. Schell has broad experience with Medicare, having been Medical Director for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield (a Part B carrier) and Medical Director for the Missouri Patient Care Review Foundation (a Part A QIO/PRO). He practiced internal medicine in Columbia, MO for 15 years before moving into administrative medicine in 1997. Dr. Schell holds a Master of Health Administration degree, a Doctor of Medicine degree, and Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering degree, all from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dr. Schell is board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Schell served on the Board of Directors of the Cape Girardeau chapter of The American Red Cross for a number of years. He is an avid coin collector and an amateur astronomer.


Charles W. Van Way, III



Dr. Van Way grew up in an Army family, mostly in Washington, DC. He attended Sidwell Friends school, then studied history at Yale University, medicine at Johns Hopkins, and surgery at Vanderbilt. He has held board certification in general surgery, thoracic surgery, and surgical critical care. He has written over 400 papers, chapters, editorials, and other contributions to the literature, including over 100 editorials on various aspects of medical practice for Kansas City Medicine, Missouri Medicine, the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and other publications. He is a member of over 20 medical and surgical societies. He is Past President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Missouri State Medical Association, and the Kansas City Medical Association. He is an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association. While he has retired from surgical practice, he continues to see patients and to direct the Metabolic Support Service at Truman Medical Center. His has a particular interest in computer programming, which he has studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also interested in photography, travel, amateur radio (N0CVW), and military history. He volunteers at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.


Not Pictured

Dr. Sharon Wallace, Kirsten Dunn, and Marc Taormina MD